Unable to dock detached Eclipse Console window

When the Eclipse IDE ‘breaks’ it seems to be unfixable. Like right now. I detached the Console view window via dragging onto another monitor. Done with it. Now I can’t dock the Console again inside the Java Perspective.

The top left widget just shows a ‘close’ action. I tried closing projects, restarting Eclipse with “-clean”, and of course doing a search to see if this has been addressed by someone before. Sometimes it will go away and another docked Console will be used. But then it pops up again in float mode, and duplicating the output in the already docked Console, i.e., now two Consoles are showing the same thing.

Reinstall Eclipse again????? Arrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Let me reboot Windoze first.

I rebooted PC, rearranged Eclipse on the multi-monitor location, and the issue has not returned.


  1. The issue started again. I looked in the JUnit run configuration’s common tab for the test causing this. The “Launch in background” setting was checked. hmmm.
  2. Still not working. Second console window popup still appearing.
  3. Now trying the suggestion found here.
  4. Doh!!!!! I was dragging the window via the title bar. You have to drag via the tab title.

I guess working in different environment made me lose my muscle memory gesture.
Number 3 above fixed the popup reappearing.


  • Eclipse 4.3 (Kepler)
  • Windows 7 Professional 64bit
  • Java 1.6 and 1.7
  • Dual monitor
  • UltraMon utility

9 thoughts on “Unable to dock detached Eclipse Console window”

  1. Eclipse is ridiculously over-engineered and unnecessarily complicated, its window management is just one example. I mean which other IDE is doing this? Just put my freaking project tree on the left, my editor on the right, and maybe a status pane at the bottom, that’s it. That’s what 90% of the editors/IDEs do. Who really needs all this docked/detached/floating panel nonsense with perspectives and other cruft?

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